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Table 1 Themes and corresponding categories describing men’s experiences, perceptions and challenges of partner support during pregnancy labour and delivery

From: Husbands’ experience and perception of supporting their wives during childbirth in Tanzania

Partner’s expectations of support
Marriage commitment
Demonstrating care, love and affection
Men’s responsibilities in support and care during pregnancy, labour and delivery.
Men’s preparations before delivery
Men’s adoption with modern life style
Community’s perspective on men’s support.
Men’s expectations over support provided to partners.
Observing women’s right
Financial instabilities during the process of care provided by men.
Constraints with transport for reaching the health care centres.
Health care setting and the attitude of health care providers.
Meeting social economic difficulties